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Stories of tech entrepreneurs in developing countries. David Madden interviews founders building startups that are improving lives.

Revolution of Necessity David Madden

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Stories of tech entrepreneurs in developing countries. David Madden interviews founders building startups that are improving lives.

    Building a StartUp Ecosystem: Phandeeyar Founder & President David Madden

    Building a StartUp Ecosystem: Phandeeyar Founder & President David Madden

    David Madden has spent his life working in tech and startups, but when he follows his wife to Myanmar in 2012 he can barely load Gmail. When the country suddenly gets connected, David has a chance to put his skills to use. After organizing Myanmar’s first-ever hackathons, he dreams of creating a tech hub to grow the local startup ecosystem. But can he find a space, raise the money, build the team and create the programs that the community needs?

    • 37 min
    Fueling Financial Freedom: FinTech StartUp PiggyBank Co-Founder & COO Odunayo Eweniyi

    Fueling Financial Freedom: FinTech StartUp PiggyBank Co-Founder & COO Odunayo Eweniyi

    Odun Eweniyi is a precocious child, graduating from high school at just 14 and easily getting accepted into some of America’s best universities, but she get excited about building a startup in Lagos. When a tweet about saving money goes viral, Odun and her friends get an idea to build an online savings service. Users love PiggyBank, but can they turn it into a new kind of digital bank and help people throughout Africa gain financial freedom?

    • 32 min
    Doctors, Data & AI: Transforming Healthcare for the Poor - dr.consulta Founder & CEO Thomaz Srougi

    Doctors, Data & AI: Transforming Healthcare for the Poor - dr.consulta Founder & CEO Thomaz Srougi

    Thomaz Srougi has an idea to improve healthcare in Brazil. Build a network of clinics offering high quality care at affordable prices. One small challenge: he wants to start in the biggest shanty town in São Paulo. Can he convince any doctors to join him? Will anyone from the favelas trust him? And can technology be used to keep the costs down and make the business work?

    • 35 min
    Making the Entrepreneurial Leap - Myanmar StartUp Chate Sat’s Founders Honey & Shwe Yee Mya Win

    Making the Entrepreneurial Leap - Myanmar StartUp Chate Sat’s Founders Honey & Shwe Yee Mya Win

    How do you become a tech entrepreneur if you’ve grown up in a country with lower connectivity than North Korea? Hear how two sisters from Myanmar (Burma) fall in love with technology, win a hackathon and then get the startup bug. They have an idea for a freelance marketplace, but can they get the money and support they need to turn their startup dream into reality?

    • 32 min
    Empowering the People - Meu Rio & Nossas Co-Founder Alessandra Orofino

    Empowering the People - Meu Rio & Nossas Co-Founder Alessandra Orofino

    Alessandra Orofino grew up straddled between the two worlds of rich and poor Rio de Janiero. An early experience with a successful human rights campaign shows her how advocacy can improve people's lives. In New York she learns about New Power and how technology can be used to mobilize people. With the World Cup and the Olympics looming, there's an opportunity to tackle issues back home, but will these tech-enabled organizing strategies work in Brazil?

    • 37 min
    Doing Development Differently - Myanmar StartUp Koe Koe Tech Co-Founders Michael Lwin & Yarzar Minn Htoo

    Doing Development Differently - Myanmar StartUp Koe Koe Tech Co-Founders Michael Lwin & Yarzar Minn Htoo

    Two cousins grow up on opposite sides of the world, but passionate about improving their country Myanmar (Burma), they join forces in 2012. A connectivity revolution gives them their chance. They build an award winning maternal health app, but how are they going to get it in the hands of the millions of new smartphone users?

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

ElenaFD ,

‘How I Built This’ for developing markets

What a fantastic, motivating and inspiring podcast. If you like How I Built This, you’ll love this this podcast. David interviews innovators who against all odds are making actionable change in their worlds and communities. Building businesses in emerging markets can be fraught with seemingly insurmountable challenges, but these entrepreneurs are the brightest out there and more importantly are driven by necessity. Looking forward to hearing more.

Jbass2018 ,

Inspiring stories of people daring to follow their purpose

This is hands down the best podcast I have ever heard. The journeys of each individual to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams is extremely informative. I recommend anyone wanting to start their own business to listen and take notes on lessons learned from every interviewee. What I found most compelling, however, was the decision each person made to leave a path of relative certainty and comfort to attempt what had not been done before. They all had the audacity to heed their calling, and David Madden's wonderfully crafted questions bring their unique and inspiring stories to life. I hope to hear these stories for years to come.

Laura0002 ,

Compelling and fresh angle on tech entrepreneurs

If you’re weary of tech stories about how the latest shopping app was built ... check out this compelling take on how tech is used by developing country entrepreneurs to make good happen! Well-paced (no meandering) and tight.

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